St Mary the Virgin Payhembury
Our village church is situated in the centre of the village and within 200 metres of the school. The church and the school are closely linked, school attend a weekly Collective Worship on a Thursday morning lead by the local vicar, who is also part of the clergy team for the local Otter Vale Mission Community.
Members of the church community and parents occasionally attend this service.
Members of the church community support the school in a variety if ways e.g. hearing readers, helping with handicraft, mealtime supervision, FOPS,
The school attend special Prayer Spaces Days both at our church and also St Mary's Ottery,
Children regularly provide readers and prayers for our Sunday services as well as organising special services for major festivals.
Many of the children attend BBC youth group run by the local vicar and supporters.
BBC and friends on a Retreat Day at Lyme Regis
The PCC has a close relationship with the school, members of the PCC have served and still serve as members of the Governing Body and the Vicar is Chair of Governors.
The children feel very much that St Mary the Virgin is their church and are keen to provide additional resources for the church and the church community is very keen to support what they really feel is their school.
The Reverend Cate also takes a weekly prayer time with staff first thing in the morning and all staff attend.
Members of the church also provide occasional additional activities in the parish hall e.g. light party, Christmas extravaganza Easter activity day etc.